Hove Park Railway - COVID-19/Coronavirus
Information for visitors.
DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC ALL PUBLIC OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Hove Park Miniature Railway has now closed due to the current epidemic. Please see the posts below for all published information.
UPDATE SATURDAY 30th MAY 2020:
Please see the message below from our Chariman regarding the temporary closure of the railway during the pandemic.
“Despite some slight easing of restrictions, we are unlikely to be anything like ‘back to normal’ for some time to come. The Hove Park Miniature Railway is unlikely to re-open to the general public for rides for the remainder of the 2020 season. It would be impossible to maintain social distancing on our small trains.
However, I wish to re-assure our friends and regular riders that the Hove Park Miniature Railway is NOT at any risk of permanent closure. The B&HSMLE, which owns and operates the HPR, is confident that we will weather the storm. We have occupied part of the site in Hove Park since 1951, so we are looking to celebrate our 70th birthday in 2021. If we are unable to open this year, we will make up for it next year!!
As lockdown has eased a little and you take your exercise in Hove Park, you may see club members at the track site. We need to maintain the track and equipment to keep it in useable condition. Please do come and have a chat over the fence while keeping the necessary 2 metre distance. We will be happy to keep you updated.
Would you also respect our railway site and not enter the area which is fenced off.
On behalf of the B&HSMLE and all of its members, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding in these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you all back as soon as we are able.
Our grateful thanks go also to the local council parks and gardens workforce who maintain the area around the HPR.
Mick Funnell, Chairman B&HSMLE.”
UPDATE MONDAY 30th MARCH 2020:
We hope you are all well. In light of the Prime Ministers lockdown announcement early last week, (23rd March) the decision as to when we re-open the railway has now been taken out of our hands. We will keep a close eye on the news for any updates, however it is thought that this lockdown *could* last until June, however, no one knows for sure yet. Below is the message that will be posted on our Facebook page soon.
Take care all,
Best regards, HPR.
“Hi all, hope you are well. Just a reminder that we will NOT be open today as originally advertised. For the time being ALL public operations have been suspended until the current situation improves. The decision as to when we re-open has now been taken out of our hands. As soon as we are permitted to, we will. Please keep checking our Facebook page and our website for the latest updates/ information. Thank you all for your understanding. Best regards, HPR 🚂””“
UPDATE THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2020: UPDATE FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
UPDATE MONDAY 16th MARCH 2020:
“At the moment all of our running days are still planned to be going ahead, however, we will be following the Government’s and Public Heath England’s advice on Coronavirus. This means that if the current situation changes, running days could be cancelled at short notice. If this is the case, messages will be posted on our social media so journeys are not wasted.
Where track days do go ahead (hopefully all of them!) Extra precautions will be taken, especially with regards to the sanitising of the passenger cars.
At the moment none of our members are reporting any symptoms of the virus, if they are they will be advised not to attend the railway until they are better.
We would like to remind everyone that if you feel unwell it is important that you DO NOT attend the railway until you are fully better. There will always be another running day that you can attend.
We would also like to remind you to wash your hands if possible before visiting the railway and definitely after visiting. This is due to surfaces being dirty and multiple surfaces that will have been touched by others.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us, either by sending us a Facebook message or by filling out the contact form that can be found on our website”